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Shane Duffy out of Ireland's crucial World Cup qualifier with Wales

The Brighton defender fractured his metatarsal over the weekend.

IRELAND DEFENDER SHANE Duffy will miss this month’s all-important World Cup qualifier against Wales after picking up an injury over the weekend.

Barnsley v Brighton and Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship - Oakwell Duffy picked up the injury playing for Brighton on Saturday. Source: PA Archive/PA Images

The Derry native suffered a fractured metatarsal during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Championship, although he went on to play the full 90 minutes.

Seagulls manager Chris Hughton has revealed that Duffy will undergo an operation tomorrow meaning he is set for a minimum of six weeks on the sidelines.

The Boys in Green, currently top of Group D, face third-placed Wales at the Aviva Stadium on 24 March. Ireland boss Martin O’Neill names his squad in Dublin next Monday but Duffy now joins the suspended Robbie Brady on the unavailable list.

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